Gareth Bale lauded his Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric as "an unbelievable player" after the midfielder clinched the FIFA Best Men's Player award .
Modric saw off Mohamed Salah and former Madrid colleague Ronaldo - who won in 2017 - to the Best Men's Player award at the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall, having enjoyed a stellar 2018 in which he won the Champions League and reached a World Cup final.
Both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were notably absent from the ceremony with football legends quick to to criticise the duos decision not to attend.
Bale meanwhile, whose sensational overhead kick in Madrid's victory over Liverpool in the final of Europe's elite club competition lost out to Salah's goal against Everton in the Puskas Award , took to social media to heap praise on Modric.
"Congratulations my friend! An unbelievable player and an unbelievable season," the Wales star tweeted.
The Croatian's gong completed a terrific night for Madrid, who dominated the FIFA FIFPro World XI, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Raphael Varane joining Modric in the team.
Varane also picked up numerous top-three votes on Best Player ballots, including on Ronaldo's, who listed the defender No.1, ahead of Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann.
Thibaut Courtois, who joined Madrid from Chelsea in the off-season, also picked up the best goalkeeper award, though he missed out to David De Gea on the FIFPro World XI.